Jesse Keller
Out, damned spot!
Tue Aug 14, 2018 15:27

There was a blotch of ink on the back of Jesse’s hand. It was dark blue, the standard shade for ink, except for black, which was possibly more standard for wizards, now he thought about it, but Muggles seemed to prefer blue ink, or at least that’s how Jesse had understood ink preferences in his short life and his limited interaction with other people. They didn’t call it dark blue, though, the manufacturers and distributors, it had another name, like navy blue or midnight blue or sometimes indigo. The mark on the back of Jesse’s hand could be any of those inks, but he couldn’t remember where he’d gotten it, or how, or when. He noticed it as he traipsed into the History of Magic class, held in the lecture hall, and had tried rubbing it off but the mark wouldn’t budge. He had then tried licking his thumb and rubbing some more, but even the addition of moisture made no difference to the stubborn ink stain. There was probably a spell he could use to get rid of it, but the second year didn’t possess that knowledge.

Unpacking his own wand, quill and ink (‘Delft Blue’), Jesse settled into his seat and tried to pay attention to the class lecture. He tugged at the sleeve of his uniform robes to cover the distracting mark on the back of his hand, but the sleeve just kept falling back towards his elbow whenever Jesse relaxed his arm on the desk. He tried pulling down the green fabric of the long-sleeved tee his was wearing underneath - the central motif was a faded yellow banana, half-peeled, with the words beneath it ‘What’s eatin’ ya?’ - to no further avail. Jesse looked back at the timeline of the life or Vargot, but as soon as Boot mentioned the goblin rebellion of some year or another, Jesse realized that the blotch was sort of shaped like a goblin’s head. Or a house elf’s head, he hadn’t really seen enough of goblins to make an accurate comparison, except for poorly drawn textbook illustrations, but there were two, slightly uneven, pointy protrusions from the main spot, and that could look like - “Ow!”

Jesse was surprised to find himself still in the classroom among his peers when a roll of parchment hit him squarely in the face. Or roundly in the face, as it was a roll, and a hefty roll at that, Jesse discovered as his picked it up in his blotched right hand, rubbing his pale nose and blinking dark, watering eyes with his left. “You cannot use ‘being born’ as an event. You’ve all managed that so it doesn’t count,” Professor Boot said, sending Jesse’s thoughts scrambling to retrieve any other speck of information he might have garnered to figure out what he was supposed to be doing. Oh yes, Vargot, the goblin rebellion of 1754. Was that the one with the chefs? “If you are stuck, it may help to consult with another student to figure out which events were important.”

Clearly they were required to compile a timeline, but not of Vargot’s life, because that was already done for them on the blackboard. Jesse deduced it was either the timeline of the rebellion, although he was relatively certain that was already printed in their textbooks, so the more likely alternative, then, was that they were required to pick another key figure of the 1754 rebellion and make a corresponding timeline. Not sufficiently familiar with that particular rebellion - maybe it was the one with the orchard? - to make an immediate decision, Jesse turned to his textbook and started leafing through the pages until he found the goblin rebellion of 1754. Yes, Vargot, and the apple orchard ambush, right.

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